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Transforming US Army Supply Chains by Greg Parlier

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Chapter 6

Operational Mission and Training Demand Stage

We must operationally link logistics support to maneuver in order to produce desired operational outcomes.

—General Peter J. Schoomaker, chief of staff, U.S. Army

Good demand forecasting is the most important thing in controlling the level of inventory.

—Jim Erdman, senior vice president, Penske Logistics

What is surprising is not the magnitude of our forecast errors, but our absence of awareness of it.

—Nassim Nicholas Taleb, from The Black Swan

Figure 14. Mission demand stage.

Our military strategy is evolving from the Cold War’s “threat-based” force-planning concept, which was ...

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